Social Movements: An Anthropological Reader / Edition 1

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Overview

"Social Movements: An Anthropological Reader expands on standard studies of social movements by offering a collection of writings that is exclusively anthropological in nature and global in its focus - thereby serving as an invaluable tool for instructors and students alike." The chapters are based on fieldwork carried out on four continents - North America, South America, Africa, and Asia - and in 14 countries. These chapters address problems of global health and the spread of diseases; loss of control over basic resources such as water and fuel; militarization; and repression of indigenous peoples and of women. The authors offer solutions that have been formulated by local peoples themselves; these responses provide a context for reform from below rather than directed by preconceived notions from above.
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"Expands on standard studies of social movements by offering a collection of writings that is exclusively anthropological in nature and global in its focus - thereby serving as an invaluable tool for instructors and students alike."
Anthropologie

"I would highly recommend the book for development scholars." Development and Change

“Between global processes and local contexts, a great variety of social movements are at work. This careful and theoretically illuminating selection of case studies shows June Nash’s masterful grasp of a quickly growing field in anthropology.” Ulf Hannerz, Stockholm University

“An exciting volume! The contributors write from first-hand ethnographic knowledge of struggles in the anti-globalization movement, including the indigenous, peasants, women, industrial and urban workers, and even Islamic movements as they work to achieve a more equitable, democratic society.” Helen Safa, University of Florida

“With characteristic excellence and originality, June Nash traces a particular history in the making: how localized struggles worldwide are emerging globally in response to the devastations of economic corporate globalization.” Saskia Sassen, author of Globalization and its Discontents

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Meet the Author

June Nash is Distinguished Professor Emerita at the City University of New York. She is the author or editor of over 20 books, including Mayan Visions: The Quest for Autonomy in an Age of Globalization (2001) and Women and Change in Latin America (co-edited with Helen Safa, 1986).

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Table of Contents

Introduction : social movements and global processes 1
1 When networks don't work : the rise and fall and rise of civil society initiatives in Central America 29
2 The state and the right wing : the Village Scout movement in Thailand 46
3 Gender, citizenship, and the politics of identity 66
4 Activism and class identity : the Saturn auto factory case 78
5 Print Islam : media and religious revolution in Afghanistan 99
6 Local Islam gone global : the roots of religious militancy in Egypt and its transnational transformation 117
7 Nationalism and millenarianism in West Papua : institutional power, interpretive practice, and the pursuit of Christian truth 146
8 The Sarvodaya Movement's vision of peace and a Dharmic civil society 168
9 Defying deterritorialization : autonomy movements against globalization 177
10 The resilience of nationalism in a global era : megaprojects in Mexico's south 187
11 The politics of place : legislation, civil society and the "restoration" of the Florida Everglades 203
12 "Land, water, and truth" : San identity and global indigenism 216
13 Changing the rules of trade with global partnerships : the fair trade movement 237
14 "The water is ours, carajo!" : deep citizenship in Bolivia's water war 249
15 From the cosmopolitan to the personal : women's mobilization to combat HIV/AIDS 272
16 Political organization among indigenous women of the Brazilian state of Roraima : constraints and prospects 285
17 At home in the world : women's activism in Hyderabad, India 304
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